Fox’s Hannity flew Gingrich to meet Trump: report
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Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday flew Newt Gingrich to Indiana on a private jet to meet with Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE, CNN is reporting.

Hannity, who has openly advocated for Gingrich to be Trump’s vice president, was also on the flight, the report said. 


"Who would be best at prosecuting the case against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMissing piece to the Ukraine puzzle: State Department's overture to Rudy Giuliani On The Money: Trump downplays urgency of China trade talks | Chinese negotiators cut US trip short in new setback | Trump sanctions Iran's national bank | Survey finds Pennsylvania, Wisconsin lost the most factory jobs in past year Meghan McCain, Ana Navarro get heated over whistleblower debate MORE in terms of the list that he has?” Hannity asked the Gingrich on his show earlier this week. 

"Who would be best in terms of making the case and articulating the case for Donald Trump with a positive voice like you have? Who would be the person that would pretty much be assured a win in any presidential, vice presidential debate?" 

"I think you’ve checked that corner," Hannity continued. "Who has balanced the budget and given us a surplus? Who has the ability to work with Congress? I check all the boxes, and you're right there at the top, and I think you'd be the right choice." 

Hannity, an opinion host and not a news anchor, has been a friend of Gingrich, a former Georgia congressman, for 25 years. In 1994, he was master of ceremonies for Gingrich's celebratory event the night he became Speaker. The 54-year-old Hannity has always maintained he's a talk show host, not a journalist, and therefore should not be held to same ethics.  

Fox News suspended Gingrich's contributor agreement on Wednesday, citing a potential conflict of interest if Gingrich was selected as Trump's running mate.  

A source close to the situation also told The Hill that Gingrich wasn't likely to be hired back because of the likelihood he would join a Trump administration in another capacity if the Republican wins in November. 

The Hill has reached out to Fox News and Sean Hannity for comment. 

With the Republican National Convention set to kick off in Cleveland on Monday, Trump says he plans to “showcase” his running mate on Friday.